Cutting edge, extremely capable and very versatile, a Type 45 Destroyer, such as HMS Dragon, is the ideal ship for the job.

Captain Rex Cox RN

As well as the Kuznetsov, the task group included the Kirov Class nuclear powered battle cruiser Pyotr Velikiy; three tankers; Segey Osipov, Kama and Dubna; one Ocean-going Tug Altay and the Landing Support Ship Minsk.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Francois said: “This routine action by HMS Dragon, in her capacity as the Fleet Ready Escort, once again underlines the professionalism and credibility of the Royal Navy in keeping the whole of the UK secure at and from the sea."

Captain Rex Cox, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon said: “Following our recent activation HMS Dragon has once more monitored a Russian task group through the UK’s areas of interest.

"This is very much routine business both for HMS Dragon and for the Royal Navy.

“What is different here is that a Russian task group of this size has not passed by our shores in some time.

“Cutting edge, extremely capable and very versatile, a Type 45 Destroyer, such as HMS Dragon, is the ideal ship for the job.”

HMS Dragon is the fourth of six Type 45 Destroyers which have entered service over the past five years – the most advanced warships the nation has ever built.